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Angel

I'm glad I watched it a second time. My discontent at the first watch must have been unrelated to the show, because my enjoyment was unabashed on second viewing. I felt for Spike. I got irritated at both my vampire fellows as they battled it out to out-annoy each other. Loved Angel's exasperation. Loved Spike's almost fearful bravado. Adored Fred's hesitancy, how fear turned into determination. And best of all, I liked the REACTION the Fang Gang had at the revelation of Spike's soul quest. Yes, it's a big deal, about time someone made a big deal of it.

My only worry is the size of the cast being unwieldy. It seems Lorne has very little to do, and he needs something desperately. Wes was in a good place, but likewise needs something more (I liked him doing the research-dude stuff on the amulet).

And the "fake out" of Spike's plan for Hainsley? Listen close -- what Spike said was he couldn't stand being useless, not being, well, more undead. Angel gave him something useful to do, and that's what Spike wants and needs. And who could be so hard-hearted as to not feel for him as he begs Fred, "Help me"?

Now if we can only let go of the whole Buffy thing, my boys could get on with their respective unlives.

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typographer
Oct. 11th, 2003 09:01 am (UTC)
I loved it!

I was having the same thoughts about poor Lorne, too. I know this is just a natural consequence of the size of the cast and the type of stories. Lorne wasn't given a lot to do last year, either. *sigh*

But Spike was fun. Angel was fun. I like annoyed Angel much better than brooding Angel.
wildrider
Oct. 11th, 2003 02:07 pm (UTC)
Angel desperately needs to be annoyed, yes. It keeps him from getting too dark and self-involved. It's been missing ever since Lorne stopped calling him pastry. :)
hazel75
Oct. 12th, 2003 09:59 pm (UTC)
And best of all, I liked the REACTION the Fang Gang had at the revelation of Spike's soul quest. Yes, it's a big deal, about time someone made a big deal of it.

Yay! You reminded me of my second favorite scene in the episode. I loved the annoyance the Fang Gang showed at the items Angel *forgot* to tell them.

My only worry is the size of the cast being unwieldy. It seems Lorne has very little to do, and he needs something desperately.

I worry about this but think that it'll get better. And, frankly, I'm happy with Lorne being somewhat on the sidelines as that's been his place in former years. As long as he gets to make cogent observations and drag some people around by the seat of their pants every now and then.
wildrider
Oct. 14th, 2003 09:11 pm (UTC)
I think that's all I want from Lorne, is him being back to his loveable and observant self. A few poignant remarks and a sweet pastry nickname is always nice. :)
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